Fedor Emelianenko's Blogs
‘Curse of Fedor’ Continues with Silva
By: Jason Probst
Antonio Silva was destroyed by Daniel Cormier. | File Photo: Sherdog.com
When I wrote about ”The Curse of Fedor” in June, I was pretty sure Antonio Silva would buck the trend of Fedor Emelianenko opponents having letdown performances against future foes after giving the Russian a tough go.
However, with his one-sided blowout loss to Daniel Cormier in the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix semifinals on Saturday in Cincinnati, Silva definitely fits the bill.
The defeat of Silva -- who masterfully used his size, crushing top game and ground-and-pound to get a corner stoppage against Emelianenko in the grand prix’s opening round -- only reinforces the Curse’s effects. What’s interesting is the reflection of fans on Silva’s poor showing against Cormier in relation to what his victory over Emelianenko means.
It is one thing to admit that the once-great Emelianenko is obviously having problems against world-class competition but entirely another when those fighters perform poorly after giving themselves an unprecedented career boost by daring to compete, or even win, against the once-invincible Russian.
What it means depends on who you ask. For me, it only reinforces the fact that Emelianenko is the most accomplished heavyweight in the history of the sport and the best that has ever competed at that weight. I am confident that the Cain Velasquez-Junior dos Santos winner on Nov. 12 will pose a strong argument against Emelianenko on that second claim. Until then, let us appreciate the Curse as it stands.
Follow the jump for reader comments. Jason Probst can be reached at Jason@jasonprobst.com or twitter.com/jasonprobst. Read more
Chad Dundas Joins Press Row
By: Jordan Breen
Every Wednesday, Administrative Editor Jordan Breen welcomes a member of the mixed martial arts media into “Press Row” on the Sherdog.com blog. This week, Breen is joined by ESPN.com and NBCSports.com contributor Chad Dundas.Read more
Dundas and Breen renew their debate from ESPN's "Hot Button" feature over whether or not Fedor Emelianenko should call it a career, and how "The Last Emperor" will be remembered historically. The pair break down the influx of new MMA fans, sports history and the heavyweight division to understand the legacy Emelianenko might leave before.
The two also the man who defeated Emelianenko on July 30, Dan Henderson, and how the Strikeforce light heavyweight champion's improbable late career run has people talking about whether or not 'Hendo' is an all-time great himself.
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Poll: Should Fedor Retire?
Roundtable: Fedor vs. Henderson
By: TJ De Santis
Jack Encarnacao returned to The Sherdog Radio Network Friday for a roundtable discussion of Strikeforce and M-1 Global's "Fedor Vs Henderson." Joining him were Shedog.com's Jordan Breen, Jeff Sherwood, and Mike Whitman. The panel broke down all of the action from tomorrow night's card in Chicago, Illinois. Including the main event between Dan Henderson and Fedor Emelianenko.Read more
Check out the shows and our archives by clicking here.
ESPN MMA's Hot Button: Should Fedor Retire?
By: Sherdog.com Staff
Every week inside ESPN.com's MMA section, two scribes debate the most pressing issues in the sport in the Hot Button.
This week, Sherdog.com Administrative Editor Jordan Breen and ESPN.com's Chad Dundas debate if Fedor Emelianenko should retire if he loses to Dan Henderson.
If "The Last Emperor" goes down against Henderson, is it an appropriate time to walk away from the sport, given all that he has accomplished? Or, is the Russian heavyweight just in need of intensifying his training and dropping a weight class to compete with the current crop of fighters?
Click here to read the latest ESPN MMA Hot Button. Read more
Breen on ‘Fedor vs. Hendo’
Sherdog.com Administrative Editor Jordan Breen takes a unique look at Saturday’s Strikeforce/M-1 Global “Fedor vs. Henderson” main event, which pits former Pride Fighting Championships aces against one another as Fedor Emelianenko (31-3, 1 NC) will toe the line against Dan Henderson (27-8).
Quick Quote: ‘Bigfoot’ Thankful Fedor Not Retiring
By: Marcelo Alonso
Former EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva on Fedor Emelianenko’s decision to move forward with his MMA career despite back-to-back losses:Read more
“Thank God. It’s such a waste for a fighter like Fedor to be retired by 34. Anderson Silva lost. GSP lost. [Antonio Rodrigo] ‘Minotauro’ [Nogueira] … all of them lost and they didn’t stop fighting because it’s part of the game. I’m sure Fedor will shine again soon. I just hope that it’s not with me.”
Silva stopped Emelianenko on a second-round technical knockout in the first round of the 2011 Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix in February.
Fedor Hits the Silver Screen March 24 in Moscow
By: Mike Whitman
Former heavyweight ruler Fedor Emelianenko will make his feature film debut on Thursday, as “The Salamander Key” premieres March 24 in Moscow.Read more
Starring Emelianenko, Michael Madsen and Rutger Hauer, the action film -- previously known as "The 5th Execution" -- was co-produced by Emelianenko's manager and M-1 Global president Vadim Finkelstein.
According to an M-1 press release, the film tells the story of a group of scientists that disappears on a remote island in Southeast Asia. When a rescue team is sent in to recover the missing medical researchers, it becomes apparent that experimental testing was being conducted on both animals and humans, the result of which may cause “imminent, grave, global disaster.”
At this time, it is unknown if the film is scheduled to screen outside of Russia.
Once considered the world's greatest heavyweight, Emelianenko has appeared mortal in his last several performances. Suffering back-to-back losses for the first time in his career, “The Last Emperor” was first submitted by Fabricio Werdum in June and then had his fight with Antonio Silva stopped by the cage-side physician in February. Though Emelianenko hinted at retirement following his most recent defeat, it appears the Russian will return to the cage, perhaps as soon as this summer.
Check out the trailer to “The Salamander Key” and more at ComingSoon.net.
Radio: "The Jordan Breen Show"
By: TJ De Santis
Jordan Breen returned to The Sherdog Radio Network Thursday for another edition of "The Jordan Breen Show."Read more
On this edition of "The JBS" Breen takes listener calls and emails for two hours. Jordan discusses the recent talk of Fedor Emelianenko moving down to the light-heavyweight division, the heavyweight cap of 265 pounds, and other topics in the mixed martial arts world.
Check out the shows and our archives by clicking here.
Strikeforce ‘Fedor vs. Silva’ Analysis: The Main Card
By: Tim Leidecker
Antonio Silva was a heavy underdog on Saturday against Fedor Emelianenko. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
History was made Saturday night at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. Following an undercard that went as expected, most anticipated former Pride Fighting Championships heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko to bounce back from last summer’s shocking upset loss with a win over Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.
However, the sport of MMA has evolved such that things rarely turn out as expected, and “The Last Emperor” was no exception. Below, an in-depth look at the five main-card matches from Saturday night and what matches could be next for the participants.
Valentijn Overeem def. Ray Sefo -- Submission (Neck Crank) 1:37 R1
What happened: Having been in charge of Vitor Belfort’s preparation for UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, seven-time K-1 World Grand Prix finalist Sefo did not have much time to prepare for his Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix alternate bout against Alistair Overeem’s older brother, Valentijn. Still a neophyte on the ground, Sefo was taken down 90 seconds into the match and submitted with a head-scissoring Overeem neck crank. It must have been the first time someone fighting for a major organization tapped out to the “can opener” since Mark Coleman used it on Masaaki Satake in the opening round of the 2000 Pride grand prix. Read more